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The end of Scarlett, and the beginning of Alice

Well it has been one week as of this afternoon. Last Thursday I traded in Scarlett for a 2006 Jeep Commander 4×4 Limited. Scarlett was at the point where it would cost more to repair all of the stuff that was wrong with it then what it was worth, so it was just one of those things where it needed to be done. Granted I was close to having it paid off, but at the same time, I would be dumping money into a car that, with its past history, would have something else break on it right after the repairs were made. The straw that made the turn is that it did not pass emissions last Monday, and I couldn’t drive around on expired plates.

I have named the new jeep Alice, from Resident Evil, as this will end up being my zombie vehicle. It has the proper engine for such a need as it is a 5.7 V8 HEMI. It is a 4×4, and after a year or so should have a proper brush/zombie guard in the front of it and possibly tires more suited to running over obstacles. She is Khaki pearlcoat and is in great condition. She is also a certified pre-owned jeep which comes with extra warranties as I do not want to run into the hell I did with Scarlett.

I haven’t had a chance to take some good pictures of her yet, but here is one that I took with my phone of the outside, and of the engine compartment, which happens to be one of the cleanest engine compartments that I have seen.

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Who needs Transformers, when your vehicles rebel on their own?

I have had the worst luck with vehicles over the past few weeks. All of this started when I was backed into on the motorcycle. I just got the quote from the dealer yesterday, and the total damage was just over 1800 dollars, which does not include the 250 dollar helmet replacement. I am waiting on insurance company of the guy who hit me to do what they need to in order to pay for repairing the damages.

On Thursday, I was on my way out to the monthly Harley Owner’s Group meeting, and I stopped in a parking lot to check the directions of where I was going. I went to start back up my bike, and there was no response. I had to call roadside assistance and get the bike towed back to my house. I tried starting it the next morning just to see, and when I turned the key the power came on, so I hit the run button, and I could hear it fueling the lines. I hit start and sparks flew out the left side of the bike. This is never a good thing for any engine. I went to the dealer that day and got a battery charger/tender and also stopped and bought all new fuses. It turns out that the wiring harness for my heated gloves had some how grounded itself and caused the power to arc. I removed it, and then installed the new fuses, and the bike started right up.

Elapse to Saturday. It was a great day and Todd, Jackson and I set out to visit some dealerships etc, and then we were going to go on a nice long ride. After we are done visiting the dealers, we were going to stop to grab a drink, and Jackson notices a screw in my rear tire. I got to go back to the dealership, and get my tire replaced.

On to Sunday. I go out on a nice ride in the morning, and then get home and need to go get gas for the lawnmower. I get in my old jeep that my mom left at my house while she is on a cruise and head to the gas station at the front of the neighborhood. I fill up my gas can, and then try to start the jeep, and there is no response. I push the jeep away from the pump and then walk home in the 91 degree heat carrying a 3 gallon gas can. Joy. I went and got a new battery for the jeep yesterday and that seemed to correct the problem.

I cannot figure out what I did to make all vehicles rebel against me, but I really hope that my spell of issues has passed.

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Just had an epiphany

The last time I put gas in my Jeep was September 12th. Today is October 15th. I still have a little over 1/8 a tank.

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